John Simpson is a senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge Tennessee. He has worked at ORNL for the past 12 years and is currently working on a variety of programs related to superhydrophobic and nano-structured materials. Over the past four years, Dr. Simpson was named a “2008 R&D100 Award Winner” (given to the 100 most technologically significant products and advancements for each year) and Oak Ridge National Lab’s “2008 Inventor of the Year”.
While Dr. Simpson was born, raised, and is now living in East Tennessee, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s Optical Sciences Center and spent most of his adult life in the western US working as a research scientist for the IBM Corporation.
Ph.D., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1995
M.S., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1993
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont, Burlington, 1986
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1978
1. Currently Dr Simpson is an adjunct professor in both Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Physics departments at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
2. Dr Simpson holds thirteen issued US patents and more than twenty pending patents covering a variety of areas and materials including superhydrophobic and nanostructured materials.